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Weaver's Needle - Up West / Down East, AZ
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Weaver's Needle - Up West / Down East, AZ 
Weaver's Needle - Up West / Down East, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
syoung
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,451 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.71 mph
3,451 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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So yesterday (1/17/15) I had the crazy idea of perhaps attempting the C4 route to the summit of Weaver’s. I had read JuanJaimeiii’s recent triplog covering his recent ascent and got my brain churning. I sent off a message to him asking about his GPS route and he was gracious enough to offer to offer his services in guiding me to the top. Joe Bartels made the journey with us as well and made the trip that much better/easier.

To say Weaver’s is a unique/magical experience is an understatement. I had always had a pipe dream of climbing to the top of this pile of rocks but never put much thought into it. Here I was, however, at 7am starting off into the morning twilight towards the jagged peak. We made a decent clip up and over the saddle into the wilderness. Upon reaching the base of the needle the fun really began.

The climb up the western face was intense. While the actually moving around on the rock wasn’t too difficult, the creeping thought of what would happen with a slip had to be kept at bay. I just focused on the few feet in front of me; hand goes here, foot goes here, etc. I was never so happy to remove my pack and shimmy through a tight place than when I reached the chock stone. The rest of the scramble to the top was fun, if not a bit unnerving at times with loose rocks and cliff edges.

We all spent a few moments at the summit enjoying the view before heading back down. We decided that the eastern approach would be best; I certainly did not feel comfortable down climbing the western route. Just about back to the saddle and I found myself going down a cliff I shouldn’t have been. I made my way down as far as I could before taking a leap of faith of about 4 feet onto a rock. I was no worse for wear other than a slight stumble.

The eastern descent went by really quickly and we soon found ourselves making our way back to the main trail. Overall this was one of my top hiking/climbing experiences and am quite fortunate that JuanJaimeiii and Joe Bartel allowed me to tag along on this adventure!
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